National Beef Association
For everyone with an interest in the British beef industry

NBA Farm Tours – A British Beef Industry Insight

5th February 2016

Region: National

David Howlett Farm Manager at Chatsworth Estate
David Howlett Farm Manager at Chatsworth Estate

Herd focused on profitable beef as part of a sustainable supply chain, Chatsworth Limousin’s, and Haddon Hall’s Longhorn Cattle to showcase in Farm Tours

The National Beef Association (NBA) have today announced that the farm tours, part of their annual event NBA Beef Expo, will feature some of the Peak District’s most noted herds of cattle in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.

This includes Chatsworth and Haddon Hall Estates and Hopping Farm home to a herd of 150 Black Limousin cross suckler cows.

With the very best of the UK’s Beef cattle on show, the latest industry information and attracting thousands of visitors, NBA Beef Expo is always a key date in the beef industry’s calendar. This year it is being held on Friday 20th May at the Agricultural Business Centre, home of Bakewell Market, the Farm Tours, will take place the day before on Thursday 19th May.

The farm tours, in and around Bakewell, will give people the opportunity to see how two of the leading estates in the county integrate beef farming into their overall enterprise. 

In viewing Chatsworth you will tour the magnificent estate seeing the noted Chatsworth herd of Limousin cattle, their small pedigree herd of Hereford cattle and how their farming enterprise operates. The tour culminates in a visit to the acclaimed Chatsworth Farm Shop to meet with the butchers who prepare the choice cuts from the herds that have been part of the tour.

Hopping Farm, part of Haddon Hall Estate is a prime example of a commercial cattle rearing unit comprising of a herd of 150 Black Limousin suckler cows from the dairy herd. Simon Frost who farms the tenancy at Hopping Farm has a farm business strategy founded upon making best use of proven scientific fact, good stock management, and maintaining a market-orientated outlook.

Haddon Hall, (one of the finest examples of a medieval manor) & Estate owned by the Manners family, is farmed organically and is currently under an HLS agreement. It is also home to a herd of Longhorn Cattle, one of the largest herds in the UK. 

“These farm visits will demonstrate to you how three successful Peak District beef farmers run their very different farming businesses,” says Alastair Sneddon, Chairman of the 2016 NBA Beef Expo.

He continues: “We are delighted to have the two large estates on board and such a numbers driven business as Hopping Farm. The purpose of the tours is a knowledge sharing exercise and between them they demonstrate the breadth and diversity of what the British beef industry has to offer.  Those on the tours will find that many of the ideas and systems in place can be utilised to maximise the efficiency of their own cattle enterprises.”

The Farm Tours are priced at £25 per person, they include coach travel from the Agricultural Business Centre at Bakewell and lunch.  A combined ticket for the Farm Tours and 2016 NBA Beef Expo for NBA members is £30, and for non NBA members is £35.  Bookings can be made online at, under the visitor section, or by contacting the event organiser Euan Emslie on 01430 441870.


Media Enquiries:

Glendale PR

T: 01668 283 044

E: [email protected]